The Year of the Boyfriend

Bizarro/absurdist author G. Arthur Brown, who is also the editor of Bizarro Central’s Flash Fiction Friday, asked for volunteers to participate in a little game of random title generation. So I raised my hand. He sent me this title:

The Year of the Boyfriend

The story I wrote for him, which is published on his blog, “The Strange Edge,” begins thusly:

Down by Chocolate River the pixie fish searched for humans. They dug their fins in the orange mud and wiggled them, hoping to find the meaty ones.

“How old are you?” Pryznda asked Jivvryi.

“Fourteen Zhcitharii,” Jivvryi said as he picked his teeth and wiggled his fin. “How bout you?”

It’s a cute little ditty, if I say so myself. I encourage you to read it. It will take you just a minute, maybe two if you stumble over the pixie fish names. But I think you’ll come away highly enlightened and a much better person.

Read “The Year of the Boyfriend” now.

It’s Been An Award-Winning Year

So, it’s been a good year so far. I’ve had some acceptances, and of course, a few rejections. But the real banner has been winning a couple of contests – one for fiction and one for poetry. I was notified by Tantra Bensko of FlameFlower in September that I was the winner of the Innovative…

Flash Fiction: ‘My Secret Life As A Garden Gnome’

In August this year I kicked off a new publishing venture called Garden Gnome Publications. The inspiration for that venture was a flash fiction story I wrote titled “My Secret Life As A Garden Gnome.” I kicked around the idea of publishing the story at Garden Gnome Publications, but I decided to send it out…